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Celebration of Residential School Survivor Bravery Not Enough Says Crosbie
Add in the damage done by the Trimper affair and Ball’s failure to deliver on his promised residential schools apology, and reconciliation efforts with both the Inuit and the Innu in Labrador are clearly going backwards.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (September 30, 2019) – PC Leader Ches Crosbie said that while he joins in with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in celebrating the resilience and bravery of residential schools survivors on Orange shirt day, the day also requires reflection on reconciliation with indigenous peoples in the province.

“Relations between the Liberal government and Nunatsiavut are in tatters after the failure by Premier Ball and Minister Parsons to implement their agreement to minimize methylmercury contamination of country food,” said Crosbie.

Crosbie added that the Ball Liberal government has deepened the divide with indigenous people in Labrador by refusing to meet with Nunatsiavut over coastal ferry human rights and food supply issues.

“Add in the damage done by the Trimper affair and Ball’s failure to deliver on his promised residential schools apology, and reconciliation efforts with both the Inuit and the Innu in Labrador are clearly going backwards. Ball is treating our Labrador indigenous residents like colonial subjects”.

 

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